Jan. 24, 2014
The University of Minnesota baseball team and the Foundation for Minnesota Baseball have begun installing lighting at Siebert Field, head coach John Anderson and Foundation executive director Robert Ballintine announced Friday.
The installation of the Musco Sports Lighting System started Friday. The project will allow the Gophers, now entering their second year at new Siebert Field, to move some of this season's games to nighttime starts. Any time changes will be announced on gophersports.com at a later date.
"First and foremost, we would like to thank the Foundation for Minnesota Baseball for funding this project," Anderson said. "We are excited to play baseball at night this season, and to share this opportunity with other teams in the state. The vision has always been to make Siebert Field the center of amateur baseball. The addition of lights will provide more chances for young baseball players to use the ballpark."
Siebert Field hosts youth and high school games and clinics in addition to Gopher baseball games and practices. Construction was completed in December 2012. Minnesota's first 2014 home game is scheduled for March 26 against St. John's.
"We are pleased that the Foundation could make it possible to provide lighting for Siebert Field," Ballintine said. "Our foundation is dedicated to the promotion of amateur baseball throughout Minnesota, and we feel that Siebert is the epicenter for the sport in this state. Siebert Field is important to us, and we look forward to future opportunities to continue improving it."
The Foundation for Minnesota Baseball is a charitable non-profit organization of people who believe in baseball as a force for good that brings people together. The Foundation strives to make the sport accessible for all in Minnesota.
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